Goodreads asked M.J. Payne:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

M.J. Payne Writing is demanding. It demands that you are honest with yourself, willing to share experiences with meaning regardless of what other people think. It often pushes a writer beyond the comfort zone and sometimes into exhaustion. You have to work very hard, be a self starter and relentless editor. You have to be a reader and get involved with other people and their books. A degree in writing helps but don't let it stop you if you don't have it. Basically you need talent and a strong work ethic.

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